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Rusney Castillo cleared for games
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo has received his work visa and can play in games, according to ESPN.com. 

Castillo signed just a few days ago, and joined the team in Fort Myers to begin workouts. The visa news was confirmed by Roc Nation Sports CEO Juan Perez. 

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Kevin Gausman sent down once again
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman has been sent to the minors following Wednesday's start.

Gausman has been up and down all season, but this time it will be a short stay. The club will recall Gausman once rosters expand September 1. He is not expected to miss a turn in the rotation. Gausman has a 3.81 ERA over 78 innings.

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Brandon Morrow starts rehab assignment
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow tossed a scoreless inning Wednesday at Class-A Dunedin.

Morrow struck out one during the outing. He did not give up a hit. Morrow has been sidelined since May 2 with a finger injury.

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Jorge De La Rosa in line to make next start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa won't miss Sunday's scheduled start, MLB.com reports.

"His thumb is just bruised, so I don't think his next start is in jeopardy," manager Walt Weiss said.

De La Rosa was removed from his last start due to the thumb issue, but he appears to be ready to roll. He owns a 4.19 ERA and 114:54 K:BB ratio in 154 2/3 innings.

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Grady Sizemore delivers pinch-hit home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies outfielder Grady Sizemore smacked a pinch-hit two-run home run in his team's 8-4 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Sizemore turned a one-run deficit into a one-run lead with his sixth-inning blast, and it was his third straight game with an extra-base hit. He owns a .251/.308/.381 line with four home runs, 24 RBI and six stolen bases in 299 at-bats.

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Marlon Byrd homers in three-hit night Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 8-4 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Byrd slugged his two-run shot in the seventh inning to increase the Phillies' lead to three runs. It was his first home run since Aug. 15. Byrd has also recorded at least one strikeout in 12 straight games. He has hit .271/.317/.468 with 24 home runs and 77 RBI in 506 at-bats.

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Scott Van Slyke homers, exits game with ankle sprain
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke was removed from Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks after rolling his ankle during a defensive play.

Van Slyke went 1 for 2 and hit a solo home run earlier in the game before suffering his injury, which the team announced as an ankle sprain. He has hit .267/.377/.517 with 10 home runs and 21 RBI in 172 at-bats. Van Slyke is day-to-day moving forward.

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Jimmy Rollins smacks 17th home run Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 2 with two walks and a solo home run in his team's 8-4 win over the Nationals Wednesday.

Rollins delivered his home run in the bottom of the first inning after the team fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first. He's recorded four multi-hit performances in his last seven games. Rollins has hit .242/.324/.392 with 17 home runs, 53 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 500 at-bats.

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Denard Span homers in three-hit game Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Nationals outfielder Denard Span went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in his team's 8-4 loss to the Phillies Wednesday.

Span gave his team a 4-2 lead with his fifth-inning home run, but the Phillies were able to score six unanswered runs in the last four innings to come out on top. Span has hit .300/.351/.407 with two home runs, 28 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 513 at-bats.

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Yadier Molina begins rehab assignment Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina began a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield Wednesday, going 2 for 3 at the plate and catching six innings.

Molina has been sidelined since undergoing thumb surgery in early July, but he could return to the team this weekend if all goes well with his rehab assignment. Molina has hit .287/.341/.409 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 303 at-bats.

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